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extremely disturbing horse abuse case

March 31st, 2005, 11:13 AM
Readers beware: not a story for the feint of heart......

An Ontario man has been fined $1,000 for illegally castrating a horse at his Norwich Township farm and causing what an animal specialist said must have been extreme physical and emotional trauma.
Levi Miller, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing the horse unnecessary suffering in what Justice Gregory Pockele called a "totally botched" and "barbaric" act of removing the testicles from a four-year-old stallion.

Prosecutor Trudy Mauth said Miller had been asked to perform the castration by a St. Thomas-area man who knew Miller performed the procedure at a lower price than veterinarians.

On May 31, 2004, the man paid Miller $30 and took the horse to Miller's farm. As Miller's son restrained the horse, Miller removed the horse's testicles without using any tranquillizers.

The owner of the horse took the animal back to his property near St. Thomas but after noticing the excruciating pain the horse was in, he shot it with a rifle to end its suffering.

Mauth said a veterinarian determined the horse was "totally conscious" during the procedure.

Defence lawyer Rebecca Carey argued the castration technique was long practised in the Amish community.

In Miller's case, "it was taught by his father and passed down to him," Carey said.

March 31st, 2005, 11:21 AM
I think the man should be castrated as he did it to the poor horse.
This just makes me sick - utterly sick.

March 31st, 2005, 04:50 PM
You hold him down Trinitie, and I'll get the DULL knife!! :evil: